Rick Crandall

Pikes Peak – Summiting My 58th and Final 14er

Pikes Peak is the 2nd most visited mountain in the world. I saved it for last because it has a road to the top so that some friends could climb with me and others could ride to the top to begin the celebration completing a 9-year mission to climb them...
Read More

Mt. Wilson from the Southwest

Mt Wilson stands with the other half-dozen fourteeners that are the most challenging climbs. We chose the Kilpacker approach – grueling boulder-hopping but there’s a rewarding scramble to summit and with less exposure than the traverse-ridge from...
Read More

Windom Peak – 4 Tries and a Fantastic Summit!

August 26, 2017 Windom Peak is one of the really fun Class 3 peaks in the Chicago Basin of the San Juan Range, accessed by the historic Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge train and a long backpack to the basin. The summit is the most unusual of all Colorado’s...
Read More

A Selection of Phonoliszt-Violina Music Recordings

See O-Rollography: http://www.rickcrandall.net/operators-o-roll-rollography/; Click on a tune name to play the tune. 36037 Meditation from Thais, Jules Massenet; One of the great encore pieces by one of the world’s best violinists 36097 Der Flegende...
Read More

El Diente – Climbing a hard Fourteener

El Diente – A Hard Mountain in the San Juan Range El Diente is not often climbed and indeed it has its challenges. We liked the south ridge approach from the Kilpacker trailhead. From that direction the view of El Diente is impressive and the Kilpacker...
Read More

Mt. Daly – the “one with the stripe”

Mt. Daly is on the other side of the saddle from Capitol Peak. It is one of the most visible mountains to those traveling between Aspen and Snowmass. While not a 14er, it is a named 13er with a fun Class 3 ridge-crest climb that is less frequently done....
Read More

Wilson Peak – Southwest Ridge Second Try – Success!

Wilson Peak is prominent in the Telluride area. We had to make two attempts, once from the Rock of Ages trailhead and once camping at Navajo Lake. This is a fun, challenging Class 3 mountain. Wilson Peak - First Try
Read More

Wilson Peak – Southwest Ridge – First Try

Wilson Peak is prominent in the Telluride area. We had to make two attempts, once from the Rock of Ages trailhead and once camping at Navajo Lake. This is a fun, challenging Class 3 mountain.
Read More

K2 and Capitol Peak (“The King”)

Capitol Peak is undoubtedly the standard bearer of all the fourteeners in Colorado. It features a very long boulder hike/climb to a sub-summit called K2 at 13,688’ followed by a knife-edge ridge crawl to the Capitol summit cap. The final push is a 550’...
Read More

Mt. Elbert – My First Fourteener and Again in 2016

Mt. Elbert at 14,440’ is the tallest in the State of Colorado, but one of the easiest to walk up. It is usually many hikers’ first tall peak. I first climbed it in 2002, loved it, but didn’t do a second 14er until 2009. Then in 2016 as prep for...
Read More